Jacked the piece below from roxylicious28
some say they are the most silent fandom
some say they are the most civilized one
some say they are the friendliest
and some say they are the most approachable.
It’s quite flattering to read/hear those comments towards Playgirlz…
but what is a ‘Playgirlz’ to a Playgirlz’s points of view?
A Playgirlz says to me that we are “the strongest emotional fandom” which I strongly agree. Playgirlz is one, if not most, emotionally battered fandom.
After School: the reason behind Playgirlz’s existence and vice-versa.
Everyone knows that After School has this unique admission and graduationsystem. A system that is hard to accept but has to be.
Debuted on January 2009, After School has graduated 3 students and admitted 5 students since then. 5 times the happiness, 3 times the sadness. But those 3 times is a lot, especially the last two. It almost breaks us. Almost. But it didn’t. It makes us stronger.
I must say Playgirlz/Boyz lives in fear and anticipation. Fear that one member will suddenly graduate anytime and anticipation for future members.
Playgirlz are frustrated. Frustrated for the fact that, admit it or not, After School is still underrated.
It’s usual for us, Playgirlz, to hear/read praises towards them because of their unique concepts and awesome stage performances but that’s just it.
We actually didn’t care anymore whether they’ll win an award or not because we’re aware of the fact that Korean music charts are manipulated by big entertainment agencies.
But we sure love it if they’ll win an award they deserve, that’s why B.O.Y era is the most glorious era for us.
Playgirlz also has this love-hate relationship with Pledis.
Playgirlz sure loves Pledis for giving us these talented girls, but hates it (Pledis) too for giving After School such system.
Graduation might be the cruelest concept but we should know that through this concept, our bias group will live longer… longer than the most famous group there is.
Technically, the average life span of a group is 5 years. Just 5 freaking short year, but we must not need to worry about that.
With the admission and graduation system, it gives us a relief than even after the original members graduated, even after they got married and have a kid and even after us, Playgirlz, move on and leave our fangirl/fanboy life, we’ll still see a girl group named AFTERSCHOOL performing on stage, strutting their stuff and showing off their talents.
But then again, a mere system isn’t enough; there should be solidarity within the group. It’s essential. And again, we should not worry about that.
After School consist of girls with different age and personality, but that does not hinder them from having this close family ties relationship.
Never did we saw, even once, a wall between them. It may still look/feel awkward for newly added members to blend in and adapt at first, but the older unnies made sure they won’t feel any awkwardness or the feeling of being an outcast, and the best example of this is Uie.
Uie is known for being the strictest member next to Kahi, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t approachable cuz in fact, she’s the one who guides Eyoung and Kaeun when they first joined the group. Being the bigger unni, she did everything for those girls to feel that they belong and that they’re family.
Also, one strong advantage this group has is that they have a strong foundation, foundation that Kahi herself created. Kahi may not be in the group anymore but that doesn’t mean that she stops looking out for her babies. After School is her life. She builds it as if she builds a home for her family, strong and solid.
Another thing is that they got strong adviser and peace maker, JungAh. JungAh may not be the strongest/biggest person in the group but her presence alone calms the younger member. Make them feel safe.
Each member has a different personality which is essential in this group. they may be girls with different personality but together, they’re so right.
I know these girls won’t stay forever in After School but I’m pretty sure they’ll pass this legacy to the future AS members.
Having the chance to see your bias groups even after 10-20 years have passed…
I’ll conclude that Playgirlz and Playboyz are the most blessed fandom.
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